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Curriculum Statement

Curriculum Statement 2018/2019

We are proud of our creative and vibrant learning experiences which are tailored to meet the needs of each individual pupil.  We aim for each child’s experience at Maltby Manor to be memorable, engaging and inspiring as well as develop their love of learning.   Large parts of our curriculum at Maltby Manor Academy are based around core texts that are read in class. The reason behind this is to immerse the children in high quality books which are linked to different areas of the curriculum. The objectives we use are taken from the National Curriculum and we also study the locally agreed syllabus for Religious Education.


Each term the children’s learning will be based around the books that are read in class. We call this approach ‘Novel Study’. The children read high quality texts by a range of well-known children’s authors. Children study grammar, reading and writing skills which are all linked into the books that they are reading. These could be full novels, picture books, non-fiction texts or poetry. The children read the books on a daily basis and get the chance to discuss stories and follow characters on a journey as well as becoming involved in role play and studying different styles of writing linked into what is happening in the text.

As well as the English curriculum being closely linked into the texts, other areas of the curriculum are also linked into these books where possible, such as Art, Technology, History, Geography and Computing.  The learning journeys are based around an Inquiry approach where the children direct the learning, based on their questions and interests.  The children begin with a question posed by the teacher, this is then explored and forms the learning for the half term.  For example the children in Year 6 are investigating - “Could you have survived in a World War I trench?”  Through this approach, the children experience learning which is always interesting and exciting, and is taught using this cross-curricular approach. Where this is not possible, subjects are taught discretely.


Phonics is taught throughout school by using the Read Write Inc. strategy. Children start this in a very practical way during their time in Nursery. It is taught more formally in Reception and Year 1 and is continued in Years 2 to 6 for those children who require more support in this area. More detailed information is available under ‘How we Teach Phonics’.


At Maltby Manor Academy we encourage children to become fluent in the fundamentals of maths, reason mathematically and solve problems. We teach Maths in Foundation Stage as part of the Foundation Stage curriculum and we give children the opportunities to develop their understanding of number, measurement, pattern, shape and space, through varied activities.

In Years 1-4 children are taught the INSPIRE Maths programme. INSPIRE Maths is a transformational, whole-school primary maths programme based on the leading Singapore Maths series ‘My Pals are Here’, used in 100% of Singapore’s state primary schools. Although Years 5 and 6 do not access this curriculum scheme in its entirety, the approaches and methods from this scheme are transferred across and correlated with the National Curriculum. Maths teaching concentrates on securing basic skills and developing conceptual fluency and the INSPIRE materials are then used to develop reasoning and problem solving skills. We focus on a mastery approach which means that children work through the concrete, pictorial and abstract cycle to secure each new concept.

We believe that children must secure the basic skills in maths before they leave our school. This consists of number fluency, number bonds, times tables and mental calculations. All children in Years 1-6 take part in daily ‘Maths Agility’ lessons which provide the opportunity to learn, practise and apply these skills.

Aspects of Learning


Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2


Who am I?

Is all bread the same?

What’s the best way to travel?

Would a wild animal make a good pet?

Are all pirates scary?

Owl Babies

Traditional Tales


Safari and Jungle







Year 1

Which materials make the strongest houses?

How is where Beegu lives different to Maltby?

Would a penguin be a good friend?

Where are the wild things?

Could I sleep in a cave?

The Three Little Pigs


Lost and Found

Where the Wild Things are

Can’t you sleep Little Bear?

DT / Geography / Science

Geography/ History

Science/ History

Geography/ Art / Music

History/ Art / Music

Year 2

What would Little Red Riding Hood do differently?

What was it like when the Queen came to the throne?

If aliens came, what would you show them?

Would a dinosaur make a good pet?

Can a hedgehog live in the desert?

Little Red Riding Hood

Queen’s Knickers

Dr Xargles Book of Earthlets

Tyrannosaurus Drips





Design Technology



Year 3

How did the ancient Greeks influence us?

Who made chocolate?

Is technology / machinery a good thing?

How did people in early Britain survive?

Greek Myths

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Iron Man

Iron Woman

Stoneage Boy

Stig of the dump



Design Technology



Design Technology




Year 4

Does everyone have the right to be free?

Why were the Romans so powerful and what did we learn from them?

Were the Vikings always victorious and vicious?

What type of potion would you make if you were a wizard?

Which keys don’t open doors?

The Indian in the Cupboard

Why the Whales came

Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone


Design Technology


Romans and Vikings



Year 5

Was life easier for boys or girls in the Victorian era?

Are spiders evil?

Would you survive Medieval England?

Can you feel the force?

Street Child

Charlotte’s Web

Kiss of Death







Design Technology

Year 6

Could you have survived in a WW1 trench?

What would a journey through your body look like?

What was life like during WW2?

Could you survive in a shanty town?

Private Peaceful

War Game

Pig Heart Boy

Goodnight Mr. Tom

Rose Blanche


Way Home







Early Years Foundation Stage

At Maltby Manor Academy, pupils in our Nursery and Reception Class follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. Our curriculum planning focuses on the 7 areas of learning and on developing children’s skills and experiences.

The ‘Characteristics of Effective Learning’ are a key element in the EYFS.  They detail the ways in which children should be learning from their environment, experiences and activities.  Children up to the age of 5 should all be displaying the Characteristics of Effective Learning’ every day.

This curriculum is play based, and involves a balance of children self-selecting activities, whole class, small group and individual activities which are adult led by the teachers and support staff. Adults very carefully observe the children and plan progress for each of them by intervening in play and also planning targeted teaching to move learning forward.  Long-term planning in the Foundation Stage is based upon a rolling programme, where ‘themes’ are identified and developed according to the children’s interests and also considering the need to ensure coverage of the EYFS framework.